Thursday December 11th, 2014

The Marlins have made a big splash at this year's winter meetings, acquiring Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon and Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos in back-to-back days.

But no move was more eye-catching than Miami's trade of pitcher Dan Jennings to the White Sox -- because the Marlins' general manager is also named Dan Jennings.

Jennings the pitcher has spent his seven-year professional career in the Miami organization, recording a 2.43 ERA in 116 relief appearances for the Marlins the last three seasons. Jennings the executive has been with the Marlins since 2002 and ascended to the general manager position at the end of the 2013 season.

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And yes, the two laughed the past few years about sharing a name. For example, mail would often go to the wrong Dan Jennings when it arrived at the Marlins' facilities, according to the Associated Press,

"On the road, sometimes he'd get to the room and say to me, 'I think I got the wrong room. They put wine in my room,'" the GM said.

"When it happened, I had to question which Dan Jennings we were trading," said Mike Hill, Miami's president of baseball operations.

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The Marlins received pitcher Andre Rienzo in exchange for Jennings (the pitcher), who has a 5.89 ERA in 21 starts and seven relief appearances the past two years.

The bigger benefit of the deal, though, is that no one has to be confused about who "Dan Jennings" refers to in Miami anymore.

Ben Estes

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